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They’re Here

Here they are, shortly after being evicted.

In this photo, the boys are being held by the very nice hospital pediatrician and a lovely baby nurse. That’s Loyal Astor on the left, and Cascadian Donald on the right.

We delivered in the operating room. I was put under general anethstesia, so I was out. Dave was not allowed in the OR during delivery. As I have said, I have some stories to tell leading up to this moment.

Here’s a close up of the little screamers. You can click on the image to make it even bigger, so you can see some goop and stuff.

Cascadian was born at 6:54 pm July 12, 2012. He was 5 pounds 12 onces, and he was 18 3/4 inches.

Loyal was born at 6:55 pm July 12, 2012. He was 4 pounds 3.5 ounces, and he was 18 inches. As you can see, he’s a wee one, next to his brother, whose head was clocking in at the 94th percentile.

Here’s a self portrait of Dave looking terrified outside the OR as he waited.

Dave said it was okay to publish this photo of him in this moment, since he took it himself, and I wanted to point something out, as indicated by the arrow in the photo.

Get a look at Loyal there, on the left.

Here’s another one of Loyal. I think that’s a Strom nose there, too.

Cascadian has the chin too. I’ll get more photos. There have the most amazing flaxen hair, not blond, and not dark, but golden and somehow, wavy. And they make little baby noises that make your heart melt.

Here they are as two little burritos, Cascadian on the right, Loyal on the left.

All the nurses and doctors at the hospital have been AMAZING. And we’ve seen lots of them. Despite being small, the boys have been doing great. There are some regular small baby concerns when they are “late preterm” like this. But they are progressing just the way they should.

I am feeling much better, day by day. Evidently, I got really sick, really quickly. In the days before delivery, I knew I wasn’t feeling all that great. And on Thursday, I had just had a terrible night trying to sleep. I went in for regular checks on the babies, and I was sent over to see my own doctor. Things all went pretty quickly from there.

I’ll have more on the whole day later, and how I ended up delivering an urgent c-section, under general anethstesia.

I’ll also have to tell you about the aftermath, the most epic nose bleed ever, and a device they used on me known as a “rhino rocket.” Good stuff.

Thank you to everyone who has sent us well wishes. We are doing good. The boys are amazing.


  1. Yay! Congratulations! So glad to hear they are healthy and happy!

  2. Wowza! They are adorable. Rest up and enjoy the ride!

  3. Aunty Laurie says

    So Happy to hear your all doing so well!!!! What a scare! And now you have little Dave Mini Me!!! I Don’t think I have ever seen a child look SOOO Much like a parent right out of the womb!!!! Cas is Such a little peanut!!! Poor Dave, he certainly looks Terrified, it’s worse being the one on the other side of the door. Big Big Hugs and Lots of love to the new family!!!

  4. so happy for yall! thank you for adding two bits of your genius to the pool of human race. god knows we need them to dilute all the other bits already here :) many blessings and prayers for all of you.

  5. Congratulations! They’re beautiful. Here’s the one piece of advice I pass on to new parents as it was passed on to me: Be prepared to change your mind…about maybe everything…and then change it back again;-)

  6. Lauren Siniawer says

    Maybe it’s the pregnancy hormones, but I got all teary seeing your pics :) Your sons are Adorable!! Bryan and I are so happy for you and Dave. Very glad to hear you’re on the mend and hope you continue to feel better. Looking forward to more pictures! Congratulations to you both!!

  7. I’m so excited for you guys!!! Congratulations on procreation! You did good “mommy”

  8. awesome names…congrats~

  9. Congrats! The boys are beautiful! Glad you’ve had a decent hospital experience too. :)

  10. Congratulations! I’m glad everyone is healthy.

  11. Congrats to you and Dave.

  12. Awwww…. They are adorable! New babies to eat! ;). I’m so incredibly happy for you both and glad everyone is doing well!!!!! Congrats!!!

  13. I think you understand my job a little better now. We can figure out a time later to talk over your experience.


    P.S. Such cuteness!

  14. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!

    (And those babes were born on my 15th wedding anniversary so they’re Especially Awesome!)

  15. Wow! Look at the head on that kid!! Beautiful baby boys you two. Good Job.

  16. Meredith says

    Ugh! Such little cuties! And cute little noises! Glad the hospital is being good to you. Makes a difference!

  17. Beautiful, georgeous, wonderful, etc! Those are two lucky boys to have you as parents. I wish you all the happiness!

  18. Congrats! Can’t believe they’re here already – happy you are all healthy.

  19. Congratulations! Beautiful babies!

  20. Congrats! They are gorgeous!

  21. Fantastic. I can’t wait to meet them. Just looking at the video gives me heart flutterings. They are beautiful.

  22. Jill Donnelly says

    So amazing. Love the videos. Congratulations a bazillion times over.

  23. Congratulations! They are precious!

  24. Suzanne Andrews says

    Congratulations to you and Dave!!! I was wondering what happened to you as I didn’t see any new posts until tonight. They are beautiful boys!!! I look forward to reading many more posts on motherhood from your point of view. Sending blessings to you all.

  25. They are freakishly adorable. Can’t wait to meet them! Glad you are doing well, Heather, and that you have a sense of humor about the experience. Take good care… (the Strom thing IS uncanny).

  26. Warmest congratulations!! What cuties!!

  27. There is NO WAY those babies weigh 5lbs. They are gigantic!! They both look like single, full term babies. Jesus. My admiration for u went up another several dozens rungs.

  28. 5lb, that is what i weighed back at the beginning of time in 1953! Congratulations! to the boys for having such parents, they hit the lottery!

    PS: now for some more camping trips and hiking stories.

  29. PS again. Great names,!!

  30. ElkoSteve says

    Yay! Can’t wait to see ’em. Glad everyone is doing all right!

  31. Congratulations! Squeee! They are adorbable!

  32. Yay!! Congratulations! They are gorgeous. You guy did good. As I am sure you know, David was a little tow head when he was a kid :)

  33. Hands. Absolutely precious. Thanks for sharing.

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